New chapters of Out to Play guidance

In partnership with the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland, we have published three new chapters of Out To Play. Out To Play is practical guidance to help create outdoor play experiences in childcare.

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Care Inspectorate report to the Scottish Parliament on inspections, 17 March 2021

The Care Inspectorate has laid before the Scottish Parliament a report of inspections it has carried out in care services in the past two weeks.  

This report covers inspections we have completed since those detailed in our previous report to Parliament on 3 March 2021.

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Guidance for providers on the assessment of staffing levels

We have developed new guidance for premises-based care services, related to the assessment of staffing levels. The guidance has been finalised and is now available here.

The guidance has been developed to ensure that, premises-based services for children and young people, adults and older people have clear information on the effective assessment of safe staffing, which is in line with our quality frameworks, the Health and Social Care Standards, the new Health and Care Staffing Scotland Act 2019, and the introduction of the Safety Huddle and Professional Judgment tools.

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Final date for annual return submission approaching

The final date for submitting your annual return is approaching. Please submit your completed annual return by Sunday 28 March.

All service types must complete this electronically on our eForms system.

You can access this here: []. 

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Third anniversary of the launch of Stand up for Siblings (SUFS)

Stand up for Siblings (SUFS) is a collaboration of organisations in Scotland working together to promote the importance of sibling relationships for care experienced children and young people. 9 March 2021 is the third anniversary of the launch of SUFS. 

The Care Inspectorate is proud to be part of SUFS and we have been involved in several ways, with our Young Inspection Volunteers playing a key role. 

Please go to to find out more about this work, what has been achieved so far and what more we hope to take forward.

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